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Look out for your two-step authentication sign up emails

(1 June 2017)

The IT Services team is introducing two-step authentication in the summer to protect certain University services.

This will change the way you login on your devices and will require all staff and postgraduate research students to get set up in advance. You will receive an email during the week commencing 12 June asking you to register with Duo, the two-step authentication service.

With two-step authentication it’s much more difficult for someone else to access protected services even if your password is stolen or guessed. This is because it uses something you know - your username and password - with something you have e.g. your phone.

What does it mean for you?

When two-step authentication is switched on, you will log in to your computer each day the same as always. You will be prompted to verify your identity through something that you have with you as part of your login, so either your mobile phone, your landline or key fob.

What you need to do now

You don’t need to do anything yet but you can visit www.manchester.ac.uk/cyber to learn more about our Cyber Security Programme and two-step authentication.